[oh-lee-uh m]

noun, plural o·le·a [oh-lee-uh] /ˈoʊ li ə/ for 1, o·le·ums for 2.

Pharmacology. oil.
Chemistry. pyrosulfuric acid.

Origin of oleum

1900–05; < Latin: oil
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a plural of oleum


noun plural olea (ˈəʊlɪə) or oleums

another name for fuming sulphuric acid

Word Origin for oleum

from Latin: oil, referring to its oily consistency
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